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How to Grow Acer rubrum Plants in your Garden

Gardener's HQ Guide to Growing Red Maple

Red maple

swamp maple hiram maine photograph by InAweofGod'sCreation.


Acer rubrum

photograph by Alex Lomas, CC.

Acer rubrum Growing and Care Guide

  • Scientific Name: Acer rubrum
  • Common Name: Red maple
  • Growing Zone: USA: 4 to 10
  • Life Cycle / Plant Type: Tree

Plant Details

  • Plant Height (Inches): 600 to 900
  • Plant Spread (Inches): 480 to 720
  • Time of Bloom: Winter and Spring
  • Flower Details: Red
  • Leaf Foliage: Green
  • Fruit:
  • Growth Form: Oval, Rounded, Upright or erect

Ideal Growing Conditions

  • Best Light Conditions: Shady to full sunlight
  • Rate of Growth: Quick
  • Suitable Soil Types: Acidic, Clay, Loamy, Neutral, Sandy, Well drained
  • Soil Moisture: Wet

Caring Conditions

  • Care:
  • Level of Maintenance: Low
  • Propagation: Seed or grafting
  • How to Prune: Requires little to no pruning. In some cases hard pruning can be disruptive.
  • Pests: Generally trouble free but Aphids and Horse chestnut scale are sometimes a problem
  • Diseases: Usually disease free but Verticillium wiltcan be problematic

Further Information

  • Can Attract:
  • Tolerant of: Wet Soil, Air Pollution
  • Best Garden Use: Firewood, , Specimen, Large Garden and Street Tree, Woodland garden
  • Genus Detail: Acer
  • Further Reading and References: Here and Here
  • Family: Sapindaceae
  • Closely Related Family Members: Amur Maple; Japanese maple; Purple japanese maple; and Trident maple.
  • Miscellaneous: Entices birdlife to the garden, North American native, Naturalizing, Wetlands plant, Attractive flowers / blooms



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